Capstone Experience – 1 course/final project

The Capstone Experience in Data Science (EN.553.806) is a research-oriented project which must be approved by the research supervisor, academic advisor and the Internal Oversight Committee.  The Capstone Experience can be taken in multiple semesters, but the total number of credits required for successful completion is six (6).  Students must complete a Proposal Request for the Capstone Experience in Data Science form and follow instructions below to submit for approval before enrollment in EN.553.806 will be approved by academic staff.

The student must identify and contact a research supervisor who will agree to supervise the capstone experience. The research supervisor must be a JHU faculty member.

The following list includes JHU faculty members who are willing to be contacted by DS students to supervise their capstone project. Click on their name to take you to their webpage so you can learn more about their research interests to see if they align with yours.  This list is not exhaustive and students should feel free to contact other JHU faculty with whom they would be interested to work.

The student will download and complete a Proposal Request for the Capstone Experience in Data Science describing the project goals.

The proposal should be written as follows:

  1. Title of proposed project.
  2. Project description, with enough details for evaluation (e.g., 200 words).
  3. Completion timeline. Be sure to consider adequate time for review and edits by your research supervisor before the end of the semester.
  4. Name and signature of capstone (faculty) supervisor.

GROUP PROJECTS:  Group projects (of no more than 4 students) are acceptable to fulfill the capstone experience, with the following requirements:

    • The group submits a single proposal that, in addition to the aforementioned requirements, describes the composition of the group, and indicates how the work is divided among the members of the group. The project must be divided into subtasks and the proposal must indicate which group member will be in charge of each subtask, ensuring that the amount of work expected by each member aligns with the number of credits associated with the capstone (3 credits = 100 hours).
    • Groups should not include more than four students.
    • The final poster may be represented individually or as a group.
    • The option to complete a group project is solely at the discretion of the research supervisor.

Student should email the proposal to the project supervisor and supervisor should send signed form back to student.

  1. Once the proposal has been reviewed and signed by the research supervisor, student will upload the form here. Academic staff will receive notification of the file upload and begin the committee review.
  2. Student should request registration for EN.553.806.01. The approval for the enrollment will not be granted until the student’s proposal has been fully approved.
    • If the deadline has passed for registration, the student must follow the instructions for a late add as indicated on the Registrar’s website.

  1. Student should be prepared to present his/her research findings in the form of a poster presentation which will be scheduled during one of the final dates of the Department Seminar (EN.553.801).
  2. Student must write a paper or research report that must be approved by the research supervisor and advisor. The final paper should be 6-12 pages in latex full page format (1 inch margins, times, 12pt) or ms-word equivalent.

At the completion of the project, the supervisor will provide a PASS/FAIL grade to the academic staff contact and the final grade will be uploaded to SIS.